Monday 24 March 2014

Brandon Jazz Wrap-Up

What a simply wonderful event. We are so happy we took the time to make this happen.  The students and I are thrilled with the outcome and we are already talking about next year's event.  Some of the obvious high-lites were the simple ones...

  • Several days of jazz immersion.
  • Vocal jazz students hearing our jazz bands
  • Jazz band students hearing our vocal jazz groups.
  • Attending clinics and workshops
  • Listening to other groups your own age
  • Listening to world class performers like Rajaton and the BU Jazz Ensemble with Louis Bonilla.
  • Getting guidance and help from some really down to earth and supportive adjudicators.
Some not so obvious ones...
  • The cracker challenge is harder than you think...well not for Kjersten
  • No matter how many times you are reminded it is possible to forget the china cymbal stand in your hotel room.... David and Evan.
  • Sometimes the shower is just about the experience and that is why you don't label any of the 12 knobs.
  • Slide grease can get stuck in your trumpet bell - twice - Michael and Mr. E.
  • Forget bubble wrapping your kids.. there is nothing wrong with a huge snowball fight in formal dresses and suits.
  • Just because you can play an instrument and /or sing well, does not have any bearing on your bowling ability - Mr. Suban.
  • Apparently, Jr. Jazz has more fun in class than an electro-shock machine at a Twerking competition.
  • Red Bull can become a part of your daily routine.
On a serious note I was extremely proud of all our students and their mature behaviour.  They were the talk of the town both on and off the stage.  This was easily one of those moments where you realize that young people will rise to whatever standard you hold them to.

Here's our Festival photos:

Thursday 13 March 2014

Brandon Jazz Stuff

Here are some last minute bits of information before we depart next Wednesday.

  • We have several students with peanut-allergies coming on tour with us.  There are to be no peanut-based snacks on the bus (both ways).
  • Students are to bring their luggage to the band or choral room on Wednesday morning.
  • you will need your uniform.
  • you will need to bring your folder.
  • If you are in band, you will need your instrument.
  • All bands are to meet in the band room on Wednesday at 12:03 to load up and check equipment.
  • All students will receive a package with the itinerary and the clinic schedule when the get on the bus.  This itinerary will be discussed en route and will need to be kept with you at all times after.
  • Busses are divided alphabetically by last name. Period.

A reminder that all forms and payments are now due.  If you have not done so, please take care of these items immediately.  Failure to submit the forms or make payment will negate your place on our tour.

Tuesday 4 March 2014

A Note of Thanks

Hi Greg,

I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated you and your student’s help in cleaning up after the festival on Friday.  There is so much to do and it often rests on the shoulder’s of the SJ and L&M staff who have been there (some for 12 hours or more each day) since Monday.

The help of young and energetic students led by an enthusiastic teacher (you!) lifts everyone’s spirits.

Thank you!

Ken Epp
Executive Director
Manitoba Band Association
305-1820 Henderson Highway
Winnipeg, MB  R2G 1P2
(204) 663-1226

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